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I debated posting about my day over things like pictures or lists, but today was weird so here goes. 

I’m a veterinary technician. I went to school to get certified, but was unable to compete the program so I started working without certification. No big deal in animal medicine. 

I was trained in the AAHA standards, which are what we strive to achieve in our practices. 

Which also NEVER prepared me for real world medicine. 

I was not shown how to hold 3 day old puppies for restraint while they get their tails docked, or dewclaws removed. Those procedures were elective and unnecessary.

I learned that today. While I have no moral or ethical rejections to either procedures, I found them distasteful. Would I do it again? If I needed to I would. I was proud that I amazed my doctor afterwards! He commended me for not fainting which is apparently what he’s used to with technicians on their first attempts. 

The second interesting case that came in was a pair of hound dogs that had been out boar hunting and got too close. Lacerations and puncture wounds abound!

Normally when I’m at work I have to wear a sleeve to cover my tattoos, but this time I removed it because I was literally getting covered in blood. 

Thankfully both dogs should be ok after getting stitched back up. They were super sweet!

While my coworkers were disgusted that these dogs were being used to flush out dangerous boar, I grew up around that and don’t really see the problem. They called the hunters cowards for using dogs to flush out the hogs, then blanched when I said there was no difference between what these dogs do and what bird dogs do. 

We disagreed. I agreed that we’d probably never agree with that statement. 

That was my day today. 🙂


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